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Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States, affecting almost 1 in 8 women at some point during their lifetime. It is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, according to the National Cancer Institute. Because of that prevalence, we encourage all women to learn how to recognize, prevent, and treat breast cancer.

Screening is a critical step in breast cancer care. The earlier a cancer is found, the easier it is to treat. The Cleveland Clinic provides instructions on how to perform a breast self-exam, including signs and symptoms to look out for. In addition to these monthly self exams, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that women 50 to 74 get a mammogram every two years. Those between 40 and 49 should consult with their doctors about the pros and cons of screening.

PAGNY is proud to partner with two NYC Health + Hospitals facilities—Lincoln and Harlem accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) as Breast Imaging Centers of Excellence (BICOE). The BICOE accreditation recognizes centers that excel in mammogram screening, stereotactic breast biopsy, and breast ultrasound, with high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs.

Breast cancer mortality rates are much higher for Non-Hispanic Black women than they are for any other demographic category, according to the CDC, making the BICOEs at NYC H+H/Lincoln and NYC H+H/Harlem especially important centers for their Bronx and North Manhattan communities. New Yorkers in these boroughs and throughout the city can get technologically sophisticated screening services and patient-centered breast cancer care at NYC H+H locations, regardless of their background or their ability to pay.

The 5-year survival rate for women with breast cancer is over 92%, which can be higher with proper screening and early detection. So this Breast Cancer Awareness Month, learn more about symptoms, prevention, and how to schedule a mammogram at a PAGNY-partnered H+H facility.

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